Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 1st Jun 2013 18:43 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Google is changing its disclosure policy for zero-day exploits - both in their own software as in that of others - from 60 days do 7 days. "Seven days is an aggressive timeline and may be too short for some vendors to update their products, but it should be enough time to publish advice about possible mitigations, such as temporarily disabling a service, restricting access, or contacting the vendor for more information. As a result, after 7 days have elapsed without a patch or advisory, we will support researchers making details available so that users can take steps to protect themselves. By holding ourselves to the same standard, we hope to improve both the state of web security and the coordination of vulnerability management." I support this 100%. It will force notoriously slow-responding companies - let's not mention any names - to be quicker about helping their customers. Google often uncovers vulnerabilities in other people's software (e.g. half of patches fixed on some Microsoft 'patch Tuesdays' are uncovered by Google), so this could have a big impact.
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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by Laurence on Mon 3rd Jun 2013 08:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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Have BlackHats traditionally independently discovered and exploited the same 0day a WhiteHat disclosed? I don't doubt they have the skill to discover an exploit, I'm just not certain if they'd be one in the same.

Sometimes vulnerabilities are found that black hats haven't discovered themselves. Often vulnerabilities are found black hats have already been aware of (and often even using already).

So it's better to assume that an exploit is already in common use and have full disclosure early on (and thus allow critical systems to have additional protections where necessary) than keep things secret until patches finally trickle their way downstream, in the hope that the white hats were lucky enough to find the vulnerability first (the former is security in practice, the latter is security through obscurity)

Edited 2013-06-03 08:17 UTC

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